Aikido Maki-no-Ichi – O-Sensei’s First Book on Aikido

The cover of Aikido Maki-no-Ichi, 1954

The cover of “Aikido Maki-no-Ichi” (1954) and the first page of the technical explanations This page is identical to the first page of “Budo Renshu” (1933) The 1933 training manual “Budo Renshu”  (published in English under the name “Budo Training in Aikido“) was initially given to the students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba as a … Continue reading Aikido Maki-no-Ichi – O-Sensei’s First Book on Aikido »

Three Doka and the Aiki O-Kami

The Secret Teachings of Budo

“The Secret Teachings of Budo (Poems)” – From “Budo Renshu” – 1933 The 1933 training manual “Budo Renshu”  (published in English under the name “Budo Training in Aikido“) was initially given to the students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba as a kind of a teaching license. It was filled with illustrations depicting techniques (such as the … Continue reading Three Doka and the Aiki O-Kami »

Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada – Speaking of The Founder

Hiroshi Tada in 2014

Hiroshi Tada Sensei in 2014 Aikikai 9th Dan Hiroshi Tada (多田宏) is one of the most influential instructors to come out of the post-war Tokyo Hombu dojo. Born in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan December 13th 1929, he began training at Aikikai Hombu Dojo on March 4th 1950. Tada Sensei has appeared on the Aikido Sangenkai blog, both … Continue reading Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada – Speaking of The Founder »

Aikido and Me – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba

Kikon - by Morihei Ueshiba, 1967

Eiichi Kuroiwa (黒岩 暎一) teaching Aikido at the Rikuryo Aikikai (六稜合氣会) One of the articles that I have enjoyed reading the most was “Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories” (Part 1 | Part 2). Of course, the recollections of training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in 1942 were fascinating, but much of what I appreciated about it was that it … Continue reading Aikido and Me – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba »

Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 4

Aiki News 117

Yukiyoshi Sagawa and Kimura Tatsuo on the cover of Aiki News 117 – the Yukiyoshi Sagawa memorial issue I also applied techniques to Mr. Pranin when he was collecting materials for a memorial issue on Sagawa Shihan for Aiki News 117. His impression at the time was, “When I tested the small, stubborn 50-year-old Kimura … Continue reading Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 4 »